Each of us was created with unique skills, personalities, and talents to make a positive impact on our families, communities, and world. When our “gifts” are combined with our passions, we can touch more lives and do greater things that will ultimately fulfill our desire to be the person we’ve always wanted to be.
What kind of person do you want to become?
If someone asked you to identify your skills, you could probably tell them within a matter of minutes. However, if they asked what you’re passionate about, would you have an answer? If that question mark is stuck in your head, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many people are “going through the motions” every day at a job they hate or find themselves constantly asking the question, “What’s my purpose in life?” Their negative mindset leaves them mentally and physically exhausted, anxious, irritable, and even depressed. Does any of this sound familiar? If so, you can do something to change it.
Get out of the rut and find your passion.
Discovering and activating your passion takes effort. There’s no magic formula for this process as everyone’s journey is uniquely their own and what works for your friend may not be the right path for you to take.
Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
- Stop the “stinking thinking” and get your mindset right. If you constantly tell yourself it’s either going to be too hard or you’re going to fail, you will never get started and you’ll remain in your “rut”. Make the decision right now that you can do what you love. Make your self-talk be words that encourage rather than discourage.
- Discover what excites you the most. Do you like helping people in need? Is it teaching Sunday school at church? Do you enjoy cooking and people have suggested culinary school? Look at the books or articles you read or where you spend your money to see if there is a common theme that leads you to your passion.
- Surround yourself with people who are living their passion. People living their passion tend to be positive, happy, fulfilled, hopeful and more. They’ll encourage you and may even give you ideas about your personal or professional passion.
- Once you’ve found your passion, start doing something. There’s no time like the present to start living your passion. Taking small steps is perfectly fine. Start with finding a mentor who can help you set goals and stay accountable or volunteer for a nonprofit whose purpose excites you. Either way, you need to keep moving forward. One step leads to another and another and before you know it, you’ll be doing what you love.
There’s always risk involved, fears to face and challenges to overcome whenever we start something new, but ask yourself this question, “At the end of my life, do I want to have regrets for the things I didn’t do or be satisfied that my life made a difference?”
If difficult experiences have derailed your dream for a better life, it’s not too late to dream a new dream. At Peace Restored, we can help you navigate a path towards healing, wholeness and a passion that brings you joy. Go to www.peacerestored.net to schedule an appointment today.
Robin Reid is a freelance writer and content creator helping organizations, both business and nonprofit, develop meaningful content that engages and connects with customers. She recently started her first business, Robin Reid Marketing, LLC. She is passionate about helping women discover their identity, purpose, and joy by having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Robin has ministered to women experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, prostitution and more for over 15 years.